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Who Wins- Sid Or Lids?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Still, it’ll be the Lidstrom versus Crosby confrontation that will be worth the price of admission.

Aside from his obvious talent, it’s Crosby’s industriousness and strength on his skates that truly make him a handful. Lidstrom, of course, has made a living playing against the best forwards on the opposing roster every night for 16 years, playing more of a contain-type game than an attacking one and rarely being caught out of position.

If Babcock goes for this matchup in Detroit, it will be intriguing to see whether Penguins head coach Michel Therrien accepts it, or tries to get Crosby away from the multiple Norris Trophy winner.

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Make Sure To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan White of the Oregonian,

Watch. Watch for the little things. Watch the way Lidstrom holds the puck a second longer than anyone else, and opens up a world of passing lanes. Watch the way Crosby finds lanes not even Lidstrom could imagine. Watch Datsyuk and Zetterberg and Malkin move through traffic, so calm in the middle of so much chaos.

Watch what should be one of the best Cup finals in a long, long time. Go ahead. Do it. You work hard. You deserve the pleasure this series should provide.

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What If…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

What if the Penguins win the Cup?

continued... and that was enough Cup talk Seth!

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The Table Is Set - Will The Public Join In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Declared dead after the lockout of 2004-05, the league is now being hyped as prime for the mass-market breakthrough it has yearned for since Commissioner Gary Bettman was in short pants.

Its showcase event, the Stanley Cup finals, will begin Saturday in Detroit with Crosby and Fleury’s whiz-kid Pittsburgh Penguins facing Lidstrom’s savvy Red Wings. The games should be entertaining, with clear storylines:

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Just Four More, Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Think Uncle Mike hasn’t been thinking about this for a while? 

Detroit News/John Niyo

When asked what it would mean to see his name on the Stanley Cup, Babcock said he never used to get close enough to see the different names on the hallowed trophy.

That is, until a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where Babcock spent considerable time reading some of the names on the Stanley Cup.

“I’m not thinking about that. I’m not thinking about my name,” said Babcock, who suddenly stopped and was visibly moved.

Babcock quickly composed himself and took a swig of water.

“That’d be nice,” Babcock said.

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The Best Teams In Hockey Meet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

A matchup of the two best teams in hockey, something of a rare occurrence in hockey and a series where a great many in the business of sports forecasting would be willing to just throw up their hands and yell “pick’em”.

But not your humble Sportsnet. ca correspondent.

What follows is an expanded Sportsnet.ca breakdown complete with an overview, an explanation of what both teams need to do to win, an analysis of the key players and, as always, an unshakeable prediction in regards to how it will all turn out.

You don’t have to thank me now, but feel free to send a cheque in my name to any charity of your choice including the Kelley’s Kids foundation a group that has had it’s hand in my wallet for decades.

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Roadtrip to the NHL Store in NYC

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports…

The abridged review of the NHL Powered by Reebok Featuring XM with Special Appearance by Starbucks Store: Cool gear, awesome customer service, but I was promised an ice wall “which serves as a backdrop to feature merchandise as well as the Stanley Cup at select times throughout the year,” and I did not get to see an ice wall “which serves as a backdrop to feature merchandise as well as the Stanley Cup at select times throughout the year.”

But Puck Daddy has fun nonetheless, reviewing the NHL store, accompanied by photos. (Including an ever-so-slightly disturbing image of my fine friend copping a feel off a female mannequin wearing a Blues t-shirt…)

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  Tags: nhl+store, powered+by+reebok

Franz-In?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As some frigging genius pointed out earlier…if Mule’s practicing tomorrow, he’s playing Saturday. 

Well, he’s practicing.  St. James said the logical conclusion is....

The Wings say he is still day-to-day, but since he can get in practice tomorrow and the morning skate Saturday, the odds seem good he will in fact play Saturday night. Babcock said earlier in the week that as soon as Franzen is cleared, he’ll play.

Thanks to Tdeters for the pointer.

 

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If Malkin Is Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

If Malkin is sensational, I think Pittsburgh wins the cup.  If he is just average, or disappears, as he was sometimes prone to do before he blew up in the second half of this season, Detroit wins.


Sure, it’s a lot more complicated than that.  But I’m a simpleton.  And simply put, Malkin’s play, more than any other single factor, will decide the Stanley Cup Champion.

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The Hype is Building

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Some people have written the SCF should be starting tonight and I can see where they are coming from. But the hype has not even reached its high point yet—that begins later today and extends into Friday. The national media types will be settling into Detroit today. Media day is scheduled for tomorrow and then the stories really start rolling out.

I have this distinct feeling the SCF will attract the casual sports fan. Call it the Crosby Coming Out Party if you wish, but everything points to a series of skill, speed and great players. Both sides have the ability to turn it on offensively and that translates into “can’t turn away from this game” for that casual fan.

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